Women from Shawmut were recently featured as part of New England Real Estate Journal’s 2018 Women in Construction Spotlight—highlighting their experience in the industry, what advice they would give other women, and more.
Excerpts from New England Real Estate Journal
Jessica Spivey, Superintendent
Why choose A/E/C Industry? The A/E/C industry is exactly where I need to be! It has got just the right mix of managing people, developing building skills, and bringing it all together for the final reward–seeing clients walk in and utilize new spaces that are both beautiful and highly functional.
Melissa Sue Guertin, Project Manager
Advice/Keys to Success: Challenging yourself will build confidence. As a woman in this industry, being confident is just as important as being competent. Push yourself towards challenging projects and use what you’ve learned from each project to make decisions confidently. The knowledge you’ve gained through your experiences and from your peers will prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead. Trust in yourself!
Katie Gibbs, Senior Project Manager
If you had to choose one word to explain why you do what you do, which one most suits you? And why? Challenge. This is a hard business for anyone—long hours and unpredictable days—but the reward at the end of a project is so satisfying. To look at a new hospital building or a classroom that so many people can benefit from makes me feel proud to say I had a hand in making that space a reality.
Latoya Baskin, Assistant Superintendent
Are you aware of the film Hard Hatted woman? If so, what does a film like this mean to you? I am! This is a must-see film, by not just women in construction, but for all people in construction. It is an encouraging film for women facing challenges, giving them the courage to keep going and an eye opener for all others.